SCC: Mid-Ohio: Multimatic Motorsports race report

MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS DRIVERS MONTECALVO AND JEANNETTE SCORE SEASON BEST RESULT AT MID-OHIO Lexington, Ohio (June 22, 2010) - Multimatic Motorsports young guns Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette captured their best finish of the season...

MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS DRIVERS MONTECALVO AND JEANNETTE SCORE SEASON BEST RESULT AT MID-OHIO

Lexington, Ohio (June 22, 2010) - Multimatic Motorsports young guns Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette captured their best finish of the season with an encouraging eighth place at the Emco Gears Classic Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The team sought a trouble free run for both its Ford Mustang Boss 302R cars at Mid-Ohio after a recent extensive test and development program targeted to eliminate the electrical gremlins which have plagued the team in recent races.

Starting from the 19th position, Montecalvo had climbed up to 12th before handing driving duties to Jeannette during a caution period about 40 minutes after the green flag.

Soon after beginning his stint, Jeannette was caught in an on-track incident that sent him to pit lane for repairs. The Multimatic crew worked swiftly to get the #16 Bayshore Recycling machine back on track. Even with damage to the car, Jeannette kept pushing his Mustang Boss 302R towards the front.

In the final hour of the two hour and 30 minute event, the #16 Boss 302R moved up from 18th place to eighth. This result was the first top-10 finish of the season for Jeannette and Montecalvo.

Unfortunately, things didn't go as well for Multimatic teammates Foster and Maxwell. After qualifying 11th, Foster, who was behind the wheel of the #15 Multimatic entry, had made his way up to eighth before damage to the left front suspension sent him to pit lane just over 20 minutes into the event.

Although the crew repaired the suspension bushing, a $50 purchased part, and sent Foster back out quickly, any hopes of a podium finish had disappeared as they had lost nine laps to the leaders. Despite the setback, the team didn't give up and used the time left in the race as a test session to further develop the Mustang Boss 302R. Foster and Maxwell went on to place 21st in class.

The Multimatic Motorsports team will now have a few weeks to refresh the two cars and continue its testing work on the Ford Mustang Boss 302R, with the next round taking place July 16 - 17 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Multimatic Motorsports Quoteboard:

Joe Foster, #15 Ford Mustang Boss 302R
"Qualifying didn't go so well for us because we had an inconsistent tire problem, but the car was really good and fast in practice. So we ended up starting the race a bit down compared to where we usually qualify.

"We had already passed a few cars and everything was going well but then the left front suspension broke without warning. We were just doing our usual thing, there was no off road excursion or contact. The guys did a great a job to make the repairs but that was about it for us after that because we were down so many laps. We just treated the rest of the race as a development exercise. It allowed us to collect more data and to keep working on the car."

Scott Maxwell, #15 Ford Mustang Boss 302R
"I think this is just one of those years where bad luck is following us. We had that suspension problem early in the race that put us down nine laps so when I got in the car I was just driving around waiting for the end of the race because I wasn't racing with anybody, which was too bad because the car pretty good. However, it did allow us to collect some data and the upside is that we didn't run into the engine issues - the recent work by the team and Ford Racing looks to have paid off in that regard."

Frankie Montecalvo, #16 Bayshore Recycling Ford Mustang Boss 302R
"I'm really happy with our finish at Mid-Ohio. It's our best this season and after having my worst qualifying of the season on Friday, it was nice to be able to battle back and score our best result. I had a good stint in the Ford Mustang Boss 302R and was able to make up some good positions before Gunnar got in. It feels good to get a good result and I am looking forward to our next race."

Gunnar Jeannette, #16 Bayshore Recycling Ford Mustang Boss 302R
"I'm excited to come away from Mid-Ohio with what is our best result of the season, which also equals the best result Frankie and I have had together in this series. We struggled with our Boss 302R on Friday, which explains our worst qualifying of the season, but luckily enough we were able to hang in there and turn it into our best finish.

"It wasn't an easy race. I got caught up in an accident shortly after I got in the car and that changed the performance of our car but the guys did an awesome job in the pit stop to repair some of the damage and get us back out there."

-source: multimatic motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Maxwell , Gunnar Jeannette , Joe Foster , Frankie Montecalvo
Teams Multimatic Motorsports